Thursday TV Ratings 1/7/21: Mr. Mayor and Call Me Kat Have Decent Starts, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and The Chase Premiere Strong (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: On a night full of returns and premieres, ABC managed to top the night with the debut of 'Celebrity Wheel of Fortune' (1.1). Although 'Wheel' was well behind where 'Jeopardy! The Greatest of All-Time' (2.4) began last January, it was the only show of the night to cross the 1.0 rating threshold. Hosted by 'Jeopardy' alumni, 'The Chase' (0.9) got off to a stellar start right after, retaining more than 80% of the audience that came before it. But the real surprise came at 10pm when 'The Hustler' (0.7) grew two-tenths from Monday's lackluster preview. Over on NBC, Ted Danson comedy 'Mr. Mayor' (0.6/0.5) opened in acceptable territory for its 1-hour premiere. While it was on-par with recent installments of 'Superstore', it will have to avoid falling any further to strengthen its chances of renewal. 'Law & Order: SVU' (0.6) held even with its fall finale in the 9pm hour and led into a low-rated installment of 'Dateline' (0.3). 

Fox's 'Hell's Kitchen' (0.7) returned for a new season after nearly two years off the air, two-tenths below its previous season debut (0.9) in September 2018 but only a tenth lower than its February 2019 finale (0.8). The Gordon Ramsay staple led into the timeslot debuts of 'Call Me Kat' (0.6) and 'Last Man Standing' (0.5). 'Kat' shed eight-tenths from Sunday's NFL-boosted premiere (1.4) while 'Last Man' was able to tie its Sunday return. CBS went with repeats of 'Young Sheldon' (0.6), 'B Positive' (0.4), 'Mom' (0.4), 'The Unicorn' (0.3), and 'Star Trek: Discovery' (0.2). Many of these encores came within a tenth of the last original episodes these programs aired. The CW had an iHeartRadio Music Festival' (0.1) but forgot to send out the invitations. 

Finals Update: 'Celebrity Wheel of Fortune' (1.2, +0.1), 'Hell's Kitchen' (0.8, +0.1), 'The Chase' (1.0, +0.1), 'Call Me Kat' (0.7, +0.1), and 'Last Man Standing' (0.6, +0.1) all adjusted up.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMCelebrity Wheel of Fortune (Series Premiere)1.16/78.15ABC

Hell's Kitchen (P)0.76/52.78Fox

Young Sheldon (R)0.64/44.40CBS

Mr. Mayor (Series Premiere) 0.60/45.04NBC

iHeartRadio Music Festival (R)0.08/00.39The CW
8:30 PMMr. Mayor0.55/34.41NBC

B Positive (R)0.43/33.03CBS
9 PMThe Chase (Series Premiere)0.95/66.48ABC

Call Me Kat0.68/43.30Fox

Law & Order: SVU0.65/43.86NBC

Mom (R)0.40/23.08CBS
9:30 PMLast Man Standing0.55/33.31Fox

The Unicorn (R)0.29/22.22CBS
10 PMThe Hustler0.71/53.99ABC

Dateline NBC0.27/21.77NBC

Star Trek: Discovery0.15/11.61CBS
(P) = premiere
(R) = repeat

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